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Fertilizer industry keeping eyes on Russia

The president of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association says ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Eastern Europe affect global fertilizer markets differently. KJ Johnson tells Brownfield the Israeli war is expected to have minimal impacts, while Russia continues to control a large... Read More.

Keeping everyone safe during harvest season

It’s National Farm Safety and Health Week. Eric Vanasdale, a Country Insurance Loss Control Supervisor says it’s important for farmers and motorists to be alert as harvest pace picks up and more farm equipment is on the road.  “To the people sharing the road... Read More.

Farm bill reference prices not keeping up with farm economy

USDA’s Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation wants to give reference prices a boost in the next farm bill.  During a forum on the farm bill and ag policy issues at Minnesota Farmfest Tuesday, Undersecretary Robert Bonnie said reference prices in the Commodity... Read More.

Keeping cattle markets competitive for producers

Halfway through its pilot run, Don Close, chief research & analytics officer with Terrain says the USDA’s Cattle Contract Library, is providing producers with the transparency they wanted.  “With 80 percent of the cattle in there, if there were any sweetheart deals out... Read More.

Keeping flavored milk in schools

A proposal from the USDA earlier this year suggested removing flavored milk, like chocolate, from school meal service in elementary and middle schools across the country.  The argument is that it would help reduce calorie and sugar consumption. Matt Herrick with the International Dairy... Read More.

Michigan farmers keeping off wet fields

Many Michigan fields remain over-saturated with continued wet conditions. USDA says nearly all of the state has no drought, with some areas in Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, Oakland, and Macomb counties considered abnormally dry. Michigan State University Extension cover crops and soil health educator Christina Curell... Read More.

Keeping the crop healthy all season long

Field evaluations to identify crop infections and diseases early-on can help growers in the long-run.  In this Managing for Profit, Channel Technical Agronomist Matt Nelson says growers should be on the lookout for tar spot and has some thoughts for farmers ahead of the 2023... Read More.

Keeping Businesses Running from Generation to Generation

Sterling, Kan. - First Bank will be bringing in a nationally known speaker on succession planning this February.Jolene Brown, CSP, CPAE is an award-winning author specializing in helping families navigate the difficult waters of planning ahead.  Brown is often called the “Doctor Phil of... Read More.